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Blackpool Will Die Without Super-Casino, Resort Warns

13 September 2006

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND -- As reported by the Stage: "Blackpool's entertainment and leisure industries have warned that without a super-casino the resort is threatened with terminal decline.

"Speaking at a public meeting with the Casino Advisory Panel, which will advise the government on where to locate the UK's one super-casino, spokespeople from live entertainment operators such as Leisure Parcs and the Pleasure Beach, as well as officials from Blackpool council and urban regeneration company ReBlackpool, warned that the town faced a bleak future without the gaming complex.

"Blackpool Pleasure Beach director David Cam said even that popular amusement park had made big losses last year and anticipated the same again in 2006, with hoteliers predicting one of the worst years on record.

"...Blackpool council chief executive Steve Weaver was even more emphatic. "For all the others the casino is a cherry on the icing of a pretty big cake. For Blackpool it is the cake," he explained..."

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